Final Farewell to Wolfie

August 21, 2012 at 9:10 am | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

Last week I picked up Wolfie’s ashes from the Palo Alto Department of Animal Services. There are three options available when you take your pet in to be euthanized. The first is to just have him/her euthanized, which costs $110.00 (they cremate all remains, and under no circumstances will they return the carcass to you for burial, not that I would have taken that option anyway). The second option is to have the ashes returned to you. This costs an additional $40.00 (you will receive the ashes in a plastic bag inside a nice wooden box. And the third option is to have the ashes returned to you with a commemorative plaque on the box. This costs an additional $15.00, for a total cost of $165.00. Of course, I went with option number three.  Wolfie’s is shown below.
I removed his ashes from the box and will display it [the box] in a prominent place in my house. After much deliberation, I decided that rather than merely scatter his ashes in the back yard, I would mix them in with some potting soil. That way, he will be helping things grow in the yard for a long time. He loved to “stop and smell the flowers”, so now he will help them grow. His ashes are now a part of the soil in the four square planters on the patio in the picture below (one under the umbrella, and the three on the left).

Wolfie spent his days since our retirement enjoying “his” backyard, and only came into the house at bedtime. He loved nature, and now he is a part of it.
What I miss most about him is not being greeted at the door with a smile every time I go outside, and because of his innate herding instinct, his need to be the last one through a door.
He is truly missed.

R.I.P. Wolfie

August 7, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Posted in Miscellaneous | Leave a comment

R.I.P. Wolfie:

Today, I had to have Wolfie, my “best friend” and constant companion for the last 12+ years, euthanized. He was suffering from arthritis, seizures of unknown origin, and bone cancer. At least now, he is free from the pain, anxiety, and frustration he endured for the last month or so. A small consolation is that I still have Walter. He is about the same age as was Wolfie, but at least for now, is in good health.

Wolfie was given to me as a birthday present in 2000. He was about six weeks old. He spent most of his life as an over-the-road truck dog. We traveled to all 48 states and three Canadian Provinces. We logged well over a million miles during our travels. How many dogs can say that?
Wolfie was an Australian Sheepdog (Kelpie). Kelpies are “working” dogs and are intelligent and loyal. They were bred to endure the harsh climate of the “outback” where they “work”. They also make good “family” pets. They are not now listed as an AKC (American Kennel Club) registered breed, but the breed is recognized in other parts of the world. Wolfie was Black and Tan. He weighed about 45 pounds and was 20 inches tall at the shoulder. He was very gregarious, and like Will Rogers, “never met a person he didn’t like”. He was also extremely active, alert, and curious up to the end. He enjoyed playing with other dogs, and could have played well with cats too if he weren’t so hyper. He didn’t understand how intimidating he was to smaller animals because of his size.

BORN: May 30, 2000 in Salt Lake City, UT.
LIVED: Daddy’s Truck, Palo Alto, CA.
DIED: August 7, 2012
OCCUPATION: Beloved Canine Companion.
INTERESTS: Eating, chasing vermin, eating, sniffing the ground, eating, “guarding” his home, eating.
FAVORITE QUOTE: “Woof, woof, woof”
FAVORITE THINGS: Napping, frolicking untethered in an open field, napping, rolling in the grass, napping, getting “doggie treats”, napping.

He will be greatly missed.

Below are a few pictures of him.

Left- Wolfie just after I got him. Age between 6 to 8 weeks.
Center- Wolfie at about 12 weeks old.
Right- Wolfie again at about 12 weeks old.

Left- Wolfie at about 16 weeks old. Notice that his adult features are beginning to become apparent.
Center- Wolfie’s first birthday. He’s quite the environmentalist. His favorite “toys” come from nature.
Right- Wolfie’s first birthday. Takin’ a break from the festivities.

Left- Wolfie in Jenks, OK in a big open field on the property of a shipper. Circa May, 2004
Center- Wolfie relaxing in Prosser, WA . Circa July, 2006
Right- Wolfie in “his” seat. Circa January, 2008

Left- Wolfie chillin’ in Jordan Park in Salt Lake City, UT. Circa June, 2009.
Center- Wolfie (and Walter) on the beach in Big Lagoon State Park, CA. Circa August, 2009.
Right- The last picture I took of Wolfie. Also notice the “handicap” ramp I built for him. August 4, 2012.

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